These lions are made of Coade stone, one of the earliest mass-produced artificial stones, named after its manufacturer Mrs Eleanor Coade. One lion has lost a leg and shows the signs of wear and tear you might expect after 200 years, but the building without urgent attention is now pretty much defenceless in the face of the elements.
The Lion’s Gate is at Preston Hall, Midlothian, part of an A-listed group that includes Preston Hall, the Stables, Gazebos and Walled Garden, and the Temple.
Situated at the formal entrance to Prestonhall, the lodges straddle a wooded drive that winds its way above the Tyne Water.
To find out more go here: PRESTON HALL POLICIES, THE LIONS GATE